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Apex Legends quest may have just confirmed Titanfall 2 character return

Published: 1/Jul/2020 8:53 Updated: 17/Jul/2020 20:37

by Isaac McIntyre

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Turn back if you don’t want Apex Legends Broken Ghost quest spoilers ⁠— we’ll be talking about the ‘Return to Skull Town’ hunt reward, and what it could mean for a certain Titanfall 2 character possibly coming to Respawn’s battle royale.

So, has everyone that hasn’t played this week’s quest hunt ducked out? Yes? Okay, let’s get into it ⁠— Titanfall 2 simulacrum Ash has just been referenced again in Apex Legends, and this time it’s a real doozy.

This isn’t the Vinson Dynamics creation that has appeared in the battle royale ⁠— leaks in March this year already revealed Ash is set to become a weapon bauble soon — but it is the first time it’s been a planned reveal.

This time around, Respawn meant to unveil this particular tidbit, which comes at the end of the ‘Return to Ghost Town’ Broken Ghost hunt. Each week Apex Legends players have been rewarded with a small artifact for completing each quest.

Titanfall 2 villain teased in Broken Ghost quest

Week 7’s was a robotic head, which may be the centerpiece for the ‘Broken Ghost’ we seem to be building. The real kicker is in the helmet’s detail though: Apex data miner Shrugtal pointed out a single, faded word on the side: “Ash.”

Now, the head itself doesn’t really look like Ash’s did in the Titanfall 2 campaign, even putting aside the fact the last time we saw her in-universe was when Cooper and BT killed the villain during a showdown at the World Foundry.

It doesn’t seem likely Respawn would simply slap “Ash” on the side of an artifact not at all related to the Titanfall 2 character and call it a day. The Apex Legends devs love to weave story and narrative into their battle royale world.

That means this reveal is planned; it could even point to what we’re building at the end of the questline ⁠— Ash herself. Considering she was destroyed 30 years before Apex Legends began (in-universe, that is) she may be in need of a few repairs.

Apex Legends could be rebuilding Ash thirty years after her showdown with Cooper and BT in Titanfall 2.
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Apex Legends players could be rebuilding Ash thirty years after her final showdown with Cooper and BT in Titanfall 2.

The timeline also makes sense. The pieces we’ve been digging up throughout the Broken Ghost quest have been called “artifacts”. If Ash has been rotting beneath Kings Canyon for the past 30 years, it would be fair to call her an ‘artifact.’

This certainly lines up with another leak that data miner Biast12 unveiled last week. He found a near-full model version of Ash in the Apex code, suggesting we may see the simulacrum in all her glory in-game before season’s end.

Does this mean Ash is the Season 6 Legend?

Unfortunately, just because Ash looks to be getting teased rather heavily doesn’t exactly mean she is a lock for the Season 6 legend slot. Kuben Blisk, who she served in the Apex Predators in Titanfall, is a frontrunner for that honor.

Blisk served as a primary antagonist in both Titanfall titles. After he was left alive by Cooper at the end of the sequel’s campaign, he founded the Apex Games ⁠— Apex’s in-game name for the battle royale ⁠— and leads The Syndicate.

Kuben Blisk may return to the Apex Legends storyline if players uncover Ash in the Broken Ghost quest.
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Kuben Blisk may return to the Apex Legends storyline if players uncover his old lieutenant Ash in the Broken Ghost quest.

Another option for the Season 6 character slot is Rampart, who has had teasers pop up left and right recently. Just last week, a Spitfire hop-up branded with his signature ‘R’ was found in the code, suggesting he may be up next release-wise.

At this stage, however, the next Legend is anyone’s guess. Another potential debutant, Valk, was recently renamed to “Nova” in the code, and had her Legend icon added. It could even be Ash herself, considering all the teasers.

All this Ash talk points in one direction too; it’s the perfect time to play Titanfall 2 again. It’s just arrived on Steam and is currently on sale, so make sure you scoop it up, give it a whirl, and find out just why Ash arriving is so dang hype!

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.